This Certificate of Achievement does not count as a major for an Associate Degree.

Program Description

As libraries and other types of organizations begin digitizing their local and special collection materials, this frequently means that librarians and library assistants find themselves working with archival and manuscript materials for which they have no training. Understanding how archival collections are appraised, handled, arranged, described, and preserved better prepares library staff for working with these unique materials. Similarly, libraries and other cultural heritage organizations today must ensure that digital information of long term value, both “born digital” and reformatted content, is preserved to remain accessible and usable over time. This Certificate of Achievement expands on the coursework of the Digitization Skills Certificate to include archival practices, digital image editing and digital preservation skills sets that will better prepare students for work in archives, special collections and the digitization field.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Analyze the selection, technical and copyright issues that impact the success of archival and digital projects.
  2. Apply established digitization protocols and standards to produce digital representations of archival materials.
  3. Apply established protocols and metadata standards to provide access to digital objects in digital asset management systems.
  4. Analyze methods, issues and best practices for handling, organizing, and preservation of archival collections.
  5. Evaluate digital preservation strategies, methods and tools to determine what may be appropriate for particular material types, users and institutions.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in basic digital image editing, processing, and manipulation techniques.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 16

Required Courses

  • LIB 120 - Introduction to Archives & Special Collections (3)
  • LIB 121 - Technologies & Processes for Digital Collections (3)
  • LIB 122 - Introduction to MetaData for Digital Objects (3)
  • LIB 123 - Introduction to Copyright Issues for Digital Collections (1)
  • LIB 124 - Survey of Digital Preservation (2)
  • PHOT 030 - Introduction to Digital Image Editing (3)
  • LIB 126 - Archives & Digital Collections Internship (1)

Recommended Electives

  • BIT 025 - Survey of Computer Technology in Business (3) 

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This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.